• ex nihilo: out of nothing ab nihilo: from nothing "The concept of the origin of 'something' which cannot be another something but must be nothing ([Nichts] - 'nothing can be given to origin') leads Cohen back to Democritus, Plato, and Liebniz in terms of the historical precedents of critical Idealism. This Nichts is not a 'non-thing' [Unding] but rather a way of showing how thought produces the determinable itself, before any determinations, ie not production ex nihilo but ab nihilo. The object emerging 'from' nothing must be understood as a route and not as a metaphysical conjuring trick in which 'the world' is created out of nothing." Source and further information: Walter Benjamin By Peter Osborne, Note 30, page 100"ab+nihilo"+"ex+nihilo"&source=bl&ots=WcKEwaK-LI&sig=aLWgqMxLHwllRf6xoMq0seQnKjY&hl=en&ei=1I8NSr6oFZyPsAa9s5STCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3 Further information:

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